The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

21 January 2020 | By Natalie Y. Moore | Filed in: urban studies.

Mayors Richard M Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a world class city The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion dollar Millennium Park, Michelin rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America

21 January 2020 | By James M. Fallows | Filed in: urban studies.

A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration

21 January 2020 | By Marcia Chatelain | Filed in: urban studies.

In South Side Girls Marcia Chatelain recasts Chicago s Great Migration through the lens of black girls Focusing on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago s black population quintupled, Chatelain describes how Chicago s black social scientists, urban reformers, journalists and activists

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City

21 January 2020 | By Richard Sennett | Filed in: urban studies.

Building and Dwelling summarises a lifetime s thought about what makes cities work or not to the benefit of their communities In this sweeping study, one of the world s leading thinkers about the urban environment traces the often anguished relation between how cities are built and how people

The Language of Cities

21 January 2020 | By Deyan Sudjic | Filed in: urban studies.

We live in a world that is now predominantly urban So how do we define the city as it evolves in the 21st century Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul

21 January 2020 | By Jeremiah Moss | Filed in: urban studies.

ESSENTIAL READING FOR FANS OF JANE JACOBS, JOSEPH MITCHELL, PATTI SMITH, LUC SANTE AND CHEAP PIEROGI VANITY FAIR An unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty first century and a love letter to lost New York by the creator of the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York For

Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination

21 January 2020 | By Herb Boyd | Filed in: urban studies.

NAACP 2017 Image Award Finalist 2018 Michigan Notable Books honoree The author of Baldwin s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear eyed reportage that explores the city s past, present, and future

City on a Grid: How New York Became New York

21 January 2020 | By Gerard Koeppel | Filed in: urban studies.

You either love it or hate it, but nothing says New York like the street grid of Manhattan Created in 1811 by a three man commission featuring headstrong Founding Father Gouverneur Morris, the plan called for a dozen parallel avenues crossing at right angles with many dozens of parallel streets in